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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

WILLIAM  TON   HITMBOIJ>T.     ,(              257
the subsequent systems of German philosophy, and
who, although unable to create an equaEy important
philosophic system, was, as a feeling thinker., so pro-
lific in hints and warnings against the logic and scho-
lastic errors of the systematisers. Opposed to Jacobi,
Huxnboldt did not now show himself an exclusive
Elantist, for he placed the thinking individual higher
than the system, and much in Jacobi's manner pleased
him., especially the harmony which pervaded his
thoughts and appearance, and his peculiar mode of
introducing his ideas by artistic illustrations.
On the 31st October, Humboldt arrived in Pern-
pelfort, the well-known hospitable village near Diis-
seldorf, where Jacobi used to spend the summer
months of the year, and on the 8th September he
was at Gottingen again. Immediately on his return.
he writes to Forster, thanking him, first, for the kind
reception which had made his stay in Mayence so
agreeable. He says in his letter; " It is a great
and noble pleasure to receive attention from men
whose head and heart command our esteem., and In
how high a degree you afforded me this gratification I
I cannot tell you how deeply and gratefully I was
affected by the kind manner in which you received
me on my first introduction to you, and by the confi-
dence which you afterwards reposed in me. Be
assured, dear friend, that it will never be forgotten,
and that the wish will ever live within me to be able
one day to show you that I am ever striving to be
more worthy of such kind and friendly sentiments."
He then relates the impressions of his journey, or
rather only those which Jacobi made upon Mm.
From Mayence he went down the Rhine to Aix-la-
Chapelle and Diisseldorf. In Aix he remained ten
days, because Dohm, who was formerly his teacher,
would not let him leave sooner, fearing that he would
not see him for some years. Humboldt, however,
met him. in the following year, but afterwards not
again for twenty-five years. He then continues:
"Jacobi received me with the greatest and most
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